Msgr. Martin lax finals set
Mount St. Mary (14-5), the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, will be looking to win its 10th Monsignor Martin girls lacrosse playoff title when it faces No. 1 Mount Mercy on Thursday at Nichols. The Thunder advanced to the championship game with an 8-6 win over No. 3 Sacred Heart at Nichols as Maeve Christ scored three goals.
The Thunder built a 6-3 advantage in the third quarter on a pair of goals by Katie Hart and held off the Sharks behind the goaltending of Sam Miller, who ended up with 19 saves.
“She was lights out. Nineteen saves. Incredible,” said Jennifer Grimm, the Thunder’s coach.
Molly Meegan had two goals and Madi Badgley had a single tally for the winners.
Mount Mercy (12-2) won its 10th in a row, a 10-5 semifinal win over No. 4 Buffalo Seminary as Brigid Lempko and Emily Gawlak had three goals and two assists each. The Magic’s last loss to a Western New York opponent on April 12 against Mount St. Mary, 6-4.
After splitting two 13-9 games in the regular season, Canisius and St. Joe’s will meet again, playing for the Monsignor Martin boys lacrosse playoff championship at St. Francis at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Canisius (10-5) scored seven times in the fourth quarter and defeated Nichols, 14-7. The Crusaders led only 7-6 after three quarters. Joe Cooley and Reid Martin each scored four goals with two assists for the winners.
St. Joe’s defeated Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 9-3, in the other semifinal.
Billies edge Grand Island
Justin Presutti’s second goal of the game with 1:45 left was the game-winner after he had assisted on the tying goal in Williamsville South’s 10-9 Class B sectional quarterfinal victory over Grand Island.
South’s reward? A Thursday meeting with undefeated Hamburg. The Bulldogs routed Williamsville East, 18-2, as Evan Hollfelder and Jason Chiodo each scored three goals for a team that is outscoring opponents by more than 10 goals a game. Anthony Diamico won 13 of 16 faceoffs and came up with seven ground balls to help Hamburg dominate. McDuffie changes his mind
Bennett linebacker Isaiah McDuffie is re-opening his college search. The two-time All-Western New York first team selection announced in a tweet Tuesday night that he has withdrawn his verbal commitment from Syracuse, which fired coach Scott Shafer after last season.
McDuffie, a three-star recruit, reportedly has drawn interest from a number of Division I schools, including Boston College, which he told Scout.com last month that he had visited.